"The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Wendell Berry on Edmund Burke
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."Wendell Berry on Dalai Lama
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."Wendell Berry on Albert Einstein
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."Wendell Berry on Anne Frank
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."Wendell Berry on Abraham Lincoln
"We cannot know the whole truth, which belongs to God alone, but our task nevertheless is to seek to know what is true. And if we offend gravely enough against what we know to be true, as by failing badly enough to deal affectionately and responsibly with our land and our neighbors, truth will retaliate with ugliness, poverty, and disease."
"It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper, without interrupting our breakfast, numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits."
"To be interested in food but not in food production is clearly absurd."
"Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. But they can't be let off so easily, for they are all farming by proxy."
"I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."